Oswego division has new name

SUNY Oswego’s Division of Continuing Education and its director have new titles.

sign installationDivision head Yvonne Petrella assumed the title dean of extended learning on July 1. The change from the Division of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions to the Division of Extended Learning coincided with the opening of SUNY Oswego Metro Center in downtown Syracuse this summer. “When you start to look at the full scope of what we do, ‘extended learning’ provides a good umbrella term that covers all those things,” said Petrella, who joined Oswego in 1977 and the former Continuing Education Division in 1994. The division will oversee Metro Center operations and continue to administer evening and online degree completion programs as well as summer and winter sessions. The Extended Learning Division also covers contract training and programs at Fort Drum and in the Oswego State Education Center in Phoenix. Professional development offerings and greater use of the Web are part of future plans, which will mainly depend on students and clients. “We want to stay in touch with that audience and try to anticipate what they might need,” Petrella said. “Our goal is to be responsive.” Under Petrella’s direction over the past 14 years, programs for non-traditional students have broadened to include online degree completion programs, increased summer and winter offerings, and expanded professional development programs. For a full slate of course offerings and other information, visit SUNY Oswego’s Division of Extended Learning Web site at www.oswego.edu/extendedlearning. - END - PHOTO CAPTION: Signing in—Drew DeLand (on ladder) and Gabe Jaquez of Syracuse Signage install logo and lettering inside the entrance to the SUNY Oswego Metro Center. Located in the Atrium on downtown Syracuse’s Clinton Square, the Metro Center opened for classes this summer. The center operates under the aegis of SUNY Oswego’s newly renamed Division of Extended Learning. CONTACT: Dean Yvonne Petrella, 312-2270

(Posted: Jul 23, 2008)